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Catering industry news roundup

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We take a look at some of the most interesting recent developments in the world of catering. 

Ascot contract for Sodexo

Hospitality firm Sodexo Prestige has agreed a new deal to provide catering services at Ascot Racecourse. It came out on top in a competitive tender process and has been awarded a five-year contract to work at the venue. 

Sodexo has been in charge of catering services at Ascot since 1998 and the racecourse's chief executive Charles Barnett said he is looking forward to the extension of the partnership. 

Chris John, Sodexo managing director, commented: "Winning a contract of this scale with one of the world’s most prestigious sporting venues is incredibly exciting for me and the whole team.  

"We are delighted to be entering into a new era of partnership and innovation with Charles and his team at Ascot Racecourse."

This is not the first contract Sodexo has been awarded at a sporting venue in recent weeks, as on July 15th it announced a new agreement to provide catering services for Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club at the American Express Community Stadium for the next five years.

First Tesco outlet for Giraffe

A  first Giraffe outlet in a Tesco store will be opened in Watford on August 5th. The restaurant chain was acquired by the retail giant earlier this year in a deal worth nearly £50 million and it has plans to make the venue a common feature in its larger supermarkets. 

Russel Joffe, co-founder and managing director of Giraffe, commented: "We are delighted to be opening our very first Giraffe within a Tesco store. This is an exciting first step in the growth of the brand and allows us to introduce Giraffe to a wider audience."

Catering equipment has been installed at the new venue, which will have its own separate entrance, as well as in-store access. It will have seating for 170 people and trade all day, serving breakfast, lunch and evening meals.

Mr Joffe said Giraffe plans to open a further ten Tesco venues over the next year, as well as five high street restaurants.

It would seem the business is in for a busy year, as it is also working on the development of a new eatery for Heathrow Airport's Terminal 2 building, which is currently under development. Giraffe is operating alongside The Restaurant Group on the project - named Wondertree - and the venue is expected to open in June 2014.

New leader for Wagamama

The Wagamama restaurant chain has appointed a new chief executive. David Campbell will lead the company from September onwards and leaves his position as managing director of Allsport - the business responsible for Formula One advertising, sponsorship and merchandising.

Wagamama chairman David Williams said he is delighted to welcome Mr Campbell to the organisation. 

"His proven leadership and his experience developing some of the UK's biggest leisure brands will be invaluable," he stated.

Mr Williams added he looks forward to working with the new chief executive as the company aims to expand in both the UK and international markets. ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801617524-ADNFCR

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